The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) held the seventh regional tournament for the 2011 West Virginia History Bowl on Saturday, March 19, at Summersville Middle School, Summersville, Nicolas County, with competitors from West Virginia Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) District Four. Summersville Middle School, with students Wyatt Bell, Samuel Fox, Dustin Martin and Devin Spinks, was the winner and Richwood Middle School, with students Carly Adkins, Morgan Amick, John Bard, and Alexis Shaver, was the runner up.

RESA Four is made up of students from Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster counties. Competitors included seven teams from Ansted Middle School, Ansted, Fayette County; Green Bank Middle School, Green Bank, Pocahontas County; Marlinton Middle School, Buckeye, Pocahontas County; Nuttal Middle School, Lookout, Fayette County; Richwood Middle School, Richwood, Nicholas County; Summersville Middle School, Summersville, Nicholas County; and Webster Springs Middle School, Webster Springs, Webster County.

The West Virginia History Bowl features questions about the state’s history, culture, heritage, tourism and people. Those questions are compiled by the staff of the Archives and History Section of the WVDCH.

The Archives and History staff has developed more than 1,700 questions for its on-line Quick Quizzes. Teams that are preparing for the History Bowl tournaments may use the Archives and History Daily Trivia, Quick Quizzes and Golden Horseshoe study guide as helpful tools from the Division’s website,

Eighth graders in public, private and home school education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play. The regional winners and runner-up teams from each RESA district will then move forward to the state tournament which will take place April 26 at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

For more information about the annual competition, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director of archives and history for the Division and coordinator of the tournament, at (304) 558-0230.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.